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Food banks, soup kitchens and free food pantries in Santa Clara County.

Food pantries in Santa Clara County California provide a number of assistance programs to individuals who need help. Stop by or call one of the centers, food banks near you, soup kitchens or community service programs listed below for free groceries, meals, basic needs, food, counseling, or information. Find details below as well as a referral number at the bottom of the page.

If you need help feeding your family or yourself, these locations in Santa Clara and San Jose are committed to doing what they can to assist. The services they offer can range from providing meals, groceries, and food up to helping people apply for government programs such as CalFresh food stamps or WIC. Many charities in the county also serve free holiday meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If a food bank is unable to help meet your needs, they can usually refer you to other local charities, churches, or food distribution centers in the Santa Clara County region. Some of the centers have more specialty type programs as well, such as clothing, baby formula, school meals and snacks, or items like diapers. Locations may even run Meals on Wheels services for senior citizens. Counselors at the locations can often help people with applying for government programs like food stamps, and also direct you to state of California resources.

West Valley Community Services, Inc.
10104 Vista Drive
Cupertino, California 95014
(408) 255-8033 ext. 102
In addition to distributing free food, groceries, and perishable items, this not for profit can also offer access and information on various other government assistance programs. For example get help applying for food stamps / CalFresh, low income housing, or rent help.

St. Joseph's Family Center – Administers both a food pantry and other services for elderly and low income in a crisis. Receive spiritual guidance, and information on local shelters and housing.
Location - 7950 Church Street, Suite A
Gilroy, CA 95020
Main center phone number - (408) 842-6662 ext. 26




Milpitas Food Pantry
1440 South Main Street
Milpitas, California 95035
Dial (408) 946-5564 for emergency food.

Community Services Agency Of Mountain View And Los Altos – Administer a food and nutrition center on site. Receive advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Free food can be provided in an emergency.
Location: 204 Stierlin Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
Dial (650) 968-0836 ext. 121

Alpha Omega Homeless Services has an onsite food pantry.
Dial (650) 968-0836 for information on Homeless Services. Or call (650) 968-0836 ext. 150 for details on the food and nutrition program they run.

Innvision...the Way Home - Innvision Food Closet
Food pantry address is 425 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301
Dial (650) 325-3663 for hours and intake.
They partner with Peninsula Programs Food Services. Free groceries are passed out in Santa Clara County from volunteers, and case managers can help with applications to government aid such as CalFresh and WIC for single parents and infants.





South Palo Alto Food Closet
670 East Medow Drive, Room 9
Palo Alto, CA, 94306
Canned goods, food boxes, school lunches, and other nutritional support is offered.

St Francis Center Of Redwood City
151 Buckingham Ave
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 365-7829

Innvision Opportunity Services Center
Main address - 33 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301
Pantry phone number:  (650) 853-8672. Call for information on how to get free food, meals, and government aid, such as SNAP.

Innvision Georgia Travis Center is also part of the INNVISION...THE WAY HOME
They run a produce market and offer other perishables.
297 Commercial Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Food bank center number is (408) 453-3124

Sacred Heart Community Service
Church address - 1381 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Main phone number - (408) 278-2160
A food pantry is run, as well as a thrift store, donated items, household items, and other support.

Santa Maria Urban Ministry
778 South Almaden Avenue
San Jose, California, 95110
Call 408-292-3314

The Health Trust
1043 Garland Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95126
Main telephone number is 408-961-9850

Sacred Heart Community Service
Site address - 778 South Almaden Avenue
San Jose, California 95110
Call (408) 292-3314 for information





The Health Trust Food Basket – Food bank, meals, vegetables, baby food, and nutritional items are all offered to those who need help.
1043 Garland Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
Call - (408) 961-9850

St Vincent De Paul Society Of Santa Clara County
San Jose, CA 95150
(408) 993-9901
Free food, groceries, and canned goods. Works with local churches to help the low income. May coordinate home delivered meals for seniors. Single parents can receive information on formula, or services such as free diaper programs. Some limited financial help may be offered for basic needs such as electric bills or housing. Or learn where to apply for programs such as food stamps or the federal government Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Sunnyvale Community Services – Provides food, temporary financial assistance, groceries, and other aid. Much of the food is free or low cost. Get help in applying for government assistance too.
725 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, California 94086
(408) 738-4321 for Intake

Cypress Center
4001 North 1st Street,
San Jose CA 95134
Phone: (408) 266-8866

Curtner Center
Address: 750 Curtner Avenue,
San Jose California 95125
Phone: (408) 266-8866
Referrals are given to local pantries and soup kitchens. Emergency food, basic goods such as paper products, hygiene items, and more may be available in the community. Or receive referrals to meals on wheel and congregate meal sites for the elderly or disabled.

Village Harvest Corporation
San Jose, CA 95157
Dial (888) 378-4841 for hours.
The very low income and homeless can get a free hot meal as well as non-perishable goods such as pasta or rice.

El Concilio Emergency Services Partnership
Address - 1798 Bay Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 330-7432
If you have no other options, then low income families, the homeless, and working poor may be able to receive healthy food, meals, and other emergency support from this non-profit.





Salvation Army - San Jose
405 N. 4th Street
San Jose, California 95112
Call (408) 282-1175
A leading social service organization in northern California. Support offered includes a food pantry, clothing closets, and free Christmas assistance. May have toys and gifts for children from programs such as Angel Tree. Other items can include vouchers for gasoline, rental assistance, and employment services.

Valley Churches United Missions
9430 Love Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
(831) 336-8258
Volunteers may have free Christmas meals as well as Easter baskets for families in poverty as well as the unemployed.

Salvation Army of Gilroy
200 W. 5th St.
Gilroy, California 95020
(408) 848-5373
Offers many of the same services and assistance programs as the Salvation Army center above.

Loaves And Fishes
Address - 2980 Senter Road
San Jose, California 95111
Free hot meals, government surplus items, fresh fruits, breeds, and vegetables, and more is offered.

City Team Mission
Address of pantry is 580 Charles Street (Off Old Oakland Road)
San Jose, CA 95112
Telephone number is (408) 288-2185
Clients of the pantry include families with children. Canned goods as well as fresh fruits and vegetables may be passed out.

Second Harvest Food Bank Of Santa Clara
Address - 750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, California
(408) 266-8866
A leading non-profit. They provide local churches, charities, and food pantries with support, so the food bank can provide referrals and information on children's summer meal locations, public resources as well as hot meal sites. Click here fore more on public assistance benefits.

First Immanuel Lutheran Church Of San Jose
Address - 121 East San Salvador Street
San Jose, CA, 95112
Offers food baskets in an emergency, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas turkeys and meals.

FISH of Santa Clara
Location of the food bank is 2499 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA, 95050
Phone - 1-408-984-0682
Emergency boxes of food, fruits, vegetables and support is for low income families. Other social services are available as well.





Lord's Table
11 First Street
Gilroy, California 95020
Call (408) 842-6662 for hours

Additional free food or meal programs in Santa Clara County

Receive more information on food assistance programs in San Jose and Santa Clara by calling 1-800-984-3663. Learn about programs such as CalFresh or WIC, or get the addresses and phone number of additional distribution centers, free food pantries near you, and non-profits that offer groceries, meals, and perishable items.


By Jon McNamara

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